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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Saints Row IV "GAT V" Pack Free Today
13. Re: Saints Row IV Sep 17, 2013, 12:01 Jivaro
 
FYI, according to a friend of mine, even if you haven't bought Saints Row IV yet you can claim this free DLC. Which means you will have it when you do get around to buying and installing the game. I can't check this for myself really, but I thought I would pass it on.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
22. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 14, 2013, 02:15 Jivaro
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 14, 2013, 00:45:
Cutter wrote on Sep 13, 2013, 17:29:
But that'll never happen and you know it. A camera phone is only meant for quick snaps of stuff.

You really need to see some photos with the cameras in an HTC or Nokia Lumia phone. Camera phones are getting pretty good and advances in consumer cameras are starting to slow down as demand moves to smaller lens and micro cameras.

The Nokia one in particular is just awesome at photos. (Lumina 1020 is a 41MP camera right?) I think Sony is on to something with their snap-on attachments as well. People want these all-in-one devices to be good at multiple things, but everyone has a particular "thing" they want it to be REALLY good at. A real estate agent, for example, would DIE for a 41MP camera on the back of his phone. I think that as mobile phone technology advances it won't be just the cameras that get ridiculously better, I think we will see some niche devices that focus on other technologies as well. (Audio recording, projection screens, GPS, etc)

edit: I just bought a home and I can tell you that if you think camera phones are just for "quick snaps of stuff" you are really behind the times. My agent, the broker, the inspection crews....they are all using the camera part of their phones for both stills and video for everything from reporting to marketing to documentation. Detail and clarity are important in these deals. Casual "quick shot" type of deals aren't going to cut it. From a tech nerd stand point it was kinda cool to see which devices each particular profession was using and why. Everybody did everything with one smartphone and one tablet. I did not see a single person use a standalone camera, video camera, or even a laptop for that matter. The roof inspector was showing me things on the roof via skype from his phone to mine during the inspection, him on the roof and me on the ground. Pretty cool stuff and it shows how far the tech has come in a short period of time.

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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Sep 12, 2013, 22:59 Jivaro
 
Kosh401 wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 22:20:
Battlefield 4 + Premium for 25% off aint too shabby..

I agree. If you are a fan, you probably won't get a better deal than that in the near future.
 
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News Comments > Endwar Online Announced
6. Re: Endwar Online Announced Sep 11, 2013, 10:28 Jivaro
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 11, 2013, 09:44:
Hrm, a browser based MOBA from Ubisoft... free to play...


I think they have effectively used all the catchphrases required for me to NEVER play this game.

I was thinking exactly the same thing.

Unlike what seems to be the majority here, F2P in itself doesn't bother me. Even titles that can arguably qualify for P2W don't really bother me. I am not a fan of the MOBA genre, but I am not shut off to it either. I have never played a browser based game that I enjoyed for longer then 5 minutes but I recognize that it's only a matter of time before a good one comes along. Ubisoft is still in my doghouse, but they have made some significant strides in the last year as a company and with UPLAY that I view as much more customer friendly. All of that said, combine all those things into one game and I can't really see myself playing it...that's a whole lot of "meh" for one game.

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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
52. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 18:35 Jivaro
 
I never knew you all were so color and style conscious. When I move into my new house I will make sure to hit you all up for interior decorating tips.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 9, 2013, 14:13 Jivaro
 
As a person with a secondary TV in the bedroom, a Vita, and a planned PS4 hooked up to the TV in the living room...the Vita TV is exactly the device I would want and the price seems completely reasonable.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 9, 2013, 14:11 Jivaro
 
LurkerLito wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 12:59:
I like Dragons Crown, though on the vita, there is slowdown when there is a lot going onscreen. And the small size of the screen makes me lose where my character is sometimes. It's very much like the old type Final Fight like game, there are several areas, but are always the same and you replay them over and over to do the "quests". There are various take Path A or B paths, that change it a little bit, but for the most part you are playing the same levels you visited before again. There is the aRPG-ish aspects to it with loot, and buying spells and I guess skills for warrior classes, but no points distribution. The inventory system is a bit convoluted IMHO, for example, you can only look at the loot you have found at the end of the level or in town, so you won't know if you got good gear till then, and can't use it till the next level. You can get multiple bags where you can setup different weapons and armor, but you can't change your bags except at town or at one of the branch points in a level. You can equip multiple weapons in a single bag, but that eats up a bag slot, so something else will be reduced, like armor or healing potions.

Thanks!
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 9, 2013, 10:55 Jivaro
 
Verno wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:01:
The PS Vita TV seems like a really cool execution. Everything the Ouya wanted to be and utterly failed at. Lets you play Vita games on the TV using a Dual Shock 3 (or presumably a DS4), use Netflix/Hulu on that TV and connects to the PS4 as well. For $100 that seems like a pretty good deal.

The other new Vita model drops the OLED screen for an LCD and loses the AR/Touch Screen stuff. They still can't price a memory card to save their life though, the friggin PS Vita TV is cheaper than the 64GB memory card they just announced.

Edit: oh and the Vita TV plays PS One Classics and PSP games too, nice.

Yeah, I am onboard for the Vita TV as well. I dig my Vita and have gotten a lot of use out of it. Anybody buy Dragons Crown btw? Curious what folks thought of it around here.
 
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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
8. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 10:41 Jivaro
 
Seems appropriate to me as well Blue. Then again, I don't instantly get annoyed by things I am not expecting or feel jarred by color schemes. I do find it highly predictable that this particular readership would prefer anything Twitter stay as far away as possible and that you make as few changes as possible in terms of the appearance of the site. Historically, we haven't handled change well.  
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News Comments > Irrational Layoffs
2. Re: Irrational Layoffs Sep 5, 2013, 17:42 Jivaro
 
The headline....I shouldn't laugh, people losing their jobs ain't funny, but....  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 4, 2013, 18:49 Jivaro
 
Bundle Stars is a great site, been around for some time and Blue has linked to them many times. I have purchased 3 bundles from them, no problems.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2013, 14:54 Jivaro
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 14:46:
Ohio man who held 3 women captive for nearly a decade has hanged himself.

I wonder who gave him the rope...

I wish I could say it was me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2013, 13:59 Jivaro
 
I am in. Some very good games to start the season. My hardest pick was the Giants v Cowboys, although a close second would be the 49er/Packers game.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Ultimate Upgrade Pack 2 Released
5. Re: Borderlands 2 Ultimate Upgrade Pack 2 Released Sep 4, 2013, 13:45 Jivaro
 
I think she is one of the coolest characters. Her dialogue is awesome. The rest of the characters in the game seem so "more of the same", which is typical in a sequel so I am not bashing it. I am just saying that for me the Tiny Tina character is refreshing.

off-topic: I still hate the inventory system in this game and thus have trouble getting excited to pick it up again. It's a loot game with a seemingly "anti-loot gathering" inventory system. It is my hope that this is a part of the game they completely restructure with the next game.
 
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News Comments > Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M
14. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 13:32 Jivaro
 
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 12:55:
I was shocked at the posh gatherings..

My sister, who is an attorney and does pro bono work for a charity organization, explained that to me in a way that almost makes sense. When a person that makes $1000000+ a year makes a donation, it tends to be much more sizable than someone who makes 70000+ a year. A charity wants to attract those people, so they have to have offices that those people can feel confident coming to or sitting in. The various events have to have a certain standard of presentation so that the wealthier people are comfortable and thus more likely to open their wallets. In other words, they cater to the rich to get their fattier donations. Obviously it helps that it makes it a lot comfortable of a workspace...I am not playing that off at all...rather just pointing out that there is a purpose to it. I may have a terrific charity for sick kids, but if the office is located in east downtown Oakland, the neighboring building is a crack house, and the closest thing to a parking lot I have is curbside meters....that isn't going to attract the people that can afford to give the most.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 3, 2013, 15:23 Jivaro
 
 
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News Comments > On Star Citizen's $17M Haul
51. Re: On Star Citizen's $17M Haul Sep 3, 2013, 13:11 Jivaro
 
What makes any game "AAA" ?  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
17. Re: Sunday Consolidation Sep 1, 2013, 20:38 Jivaro
 
robdot wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 20:08:
I was referring to Xbox sales, why would Microsoft care about total sales on all consoles? So all my previously stated stats are all correct.

I was referring to XBOX 360 global sales as well. Those numbers do not include any other platforms. If it did all of those numbers would be much higher. I would have to look it up again, but I think CoD:BO2 was like 8-9 million across all platforms. (for example) In addition to that, you didn't actually list any stats, or sources for that matter. But, for the sake of conversation, let's say that your assertions were accurate....

My real point was that the numbers don't really matter. The Kinect has not proven itself as a "must-have" device and thus people have every right to question why they "must" pay for one to "have" an XB 180. Microsoft says that just over 78.2 million XBOX 360s have been sold globally as of June 30th 2013. (Wikipedia) Your two example games sold for just over 5 million copies globally (combined). That doesn't exactly make for a compelling argument as to the necessity of the device.

If someone likes the Kinect, or just favors MS, and they agree with it being included with the 180, that is all fine and good. They are exactly who should buy a bundle that comes with the Kinect and pay 100 dollars additional for it. The people who don't, the people who remain unconvinced, they shouldn't have to. MS knows they can't get many developers to use it without a large install base, so they are pushing it out with the system. That would be fine except they are asking the customer to eat the cost on something they don't want....or at least don't have the option to pass on. MS wants you to own one because it makes their version of a multi-platform title unique. I say that if they want that advantage, if they believe in that advantage, then they should pay to get that advantage. If the investment truly is worth it, they will make their money back x1000 as people buy games and systems. As it is, they are asking me to pay and then trust them that games will actually arrive that I want to use with the thing. Seeing how this didn't work out so well with the 360, forgive me if I don't find it to be a smart bet.

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
11. Re: Sunday Consolidation Sep 1, 2013, 19:05 Jivaro
 
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
9. Re: Sunday Consolidation Sep 1, 2013, 18:48 Jivaro
 
Kinect Sports, according to what I have found using plain old Google and VGChartz (and I didn't put much time into it admittedly so numbers are unverified), sold around 3 million copies. Dance Central sold 2.5 million. Compare that to Oblivion at 4.2 million. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold 4.5 million. Brotherhood sold nearly 4.5 million globally, Fallout 3 sold 4.12 million. So while there are a couple of Kinect games that have great sales numbers, comparing them to mainstream AAA titles that don't require Kinect seems to be a bit of stretch. More importantly, it does nothing to convince anyone as to why the Kinect itself should not be an optional add-on. Why? Because the games are optional.

For example, the Wii Fit and it's balance board sold 22.7 million copies globally. That doesn't include any of the other games that were made that supported the Balance Boards. By your (robdot) logic Nintendo should be including one with every Wii U and marking the price up accordingly and that should make total sense to everyone.

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